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06/23/2009 -

John's new LIVE album Life Death LIVE and Freedom is now in stores! The album features live versions of tracks from John's 2008 release Life Death Love and Freedom. LIVE features recordings from Mellencamp's 2008 tour. Click HERE to read the liner notes from the album.

Life Death LIVE and Freedom track listing:

1. If I Die Sudden
2. Troubled Land
3. Don't Need This Body
4. Longest Days
5. Young Without Lovers
6. A Ride Back Home
7. Jena
8. My Sweet Love

This special low-priced offering from Concord / Hear Music is available at most retail and digital outlets! The CD version is available online at Read More
06/23/2009 - Tuesday, June 23, 2009
By Ron Wynn

John Mellencamp - Life Death Live and Freedom - (Hear Music)

While John Mellencamp was thrilling and impressive during the studio version of the Life Death Love and Freedom CD, he’s taken things to even greater heights vocally and emotionally on these live versions of songs culled from concerts done during last year’s tours.

Whether it’s “Troubled Land,” “Jena,” “My Sweet Love,” or “Don’t Need This Body,” you hear Mellencamp singing without reserve or inhibition, at times powering through the melody and turning the lyrics into vibrant exhortations, then suddenly switching the mood and tempo back down before reviving things again.

Backed by a fine six-piece unit whose two guitars, keyboards, violin, bass and percussion created fierce, percolating backgrounds, Mellencamp provided audiences with an intensity and soul not obtainable in a sterile studio environment.

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06/22/2009 - This week John's new album is featured on's Listening Party and on MSN's Music Listening Booth. Click HERE to listen to the entire album on AOL and click HERE for the MSN Listening Booth! Post your thoughts about the album on the Mellencamp MESSAGE BOARD.
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06/21/2009 - The video for "A Ride Back Home," the latest single from "Life, Death, Love and Freedom," is in rotation on GAC & CMT and is eligible for GAC's Top 20 Countdown and CMT's Top 20 Countdown - vote today! Click HERE for more ways to spread the word about the video.
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06/21/2009 - The fourth single from Life Death Love and Freedom is "If I Die Sudden." A special radio single has been released to Classic Rock and AAA radio formats that includes both the original album version along with the powerful live version contained on Life Death LIVE and Freedom.

Click HERE to find your local stations in those formats and request the song today! For tips how to make effective requests, click HERE. Calling your local stations and requesting new music by John is one of the best ways you can support his music! Always remember to call and thank the station when you hear them play John's music too.
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06/20/2009 - John's new video "A Ride Back Home" is featured as part of CMT's Video Replay series. The piece finds John and his duet partner Karen Fairchild talking about the song and video while it is played on screen. Click HERE to watch the video on or click the play button below.

John Mellencamp CMT Video Replay
06/18/2009 - With one win under our belt from last week's CMT Power Picks on June 8th (John’s video "A Ride Back Home" beat out Alan Jackson's video "Sissy's Song") we have another shot at winning another round!

Check out CMT Power Picks.  Your votes decide which country music videos get played!
Here's your chance to help support John and his new video "A Ride Back Home"! CMT Power Picks puts the hottest videos against each other, and your votes decide which gets played and which goes away. This Monday, June 22nd at 11:00am ET it's John vs Reba McEntire. Contenders are announced online and on-air. As with last week’s win if John wins again this week he will be put up against another contender in the coming weeks.

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06/17/2009 - The John Mellencamp-Kenny Chesney connection continues.

John and Kenny performed together on a September, 2003 episode of the "CMT Crossroads" series, which pairs country artists with artists from other genres. But the country superstar is now closing his current concert tour stops with "Hurt's So Good."

John's smash hit from 1982 caps an encore set of five songs, also including The Eagles' "Take It Easy" and Steve Miller's "The Joker."

But he's not the only country star covering "Hurts So Good." Hit newcomer country group Lady Antebellum is also including it in their set. In fact, they've actually performed the song on the same stage as Chesney during opening sets on his tour.

"Young"-John Mellencamp And Kenny Chesney CMT Crossroads
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06/11/2009 - The Las Vegas, NV (August 12th) show has been canceled due to a scheduling conflict. Tickets can be returned at point of purchase.

A show in Lake Elsinore, CA has been added to The Bob Dylan Show with John and Willie Nelson:

08.12.09 - Lake Elsinore, CA - The Diamond

The presale for Lake Elsinore will begin on Wednesday, June 22nd. Public tickets for this show will go onsale on Friday, June 27th.

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06/11/2009 - Capt. Ken's Music Musings - By Ken Capobianco

Finally, many found John Mellencamp’s last record, “Life Death Love and Freedom” a bit too dark and murky (that was an instance when T-Bone Burnett’s production, like his work with Sam Phillips, was too quirky for pop fans). It was a great record about loss, mortality and the sad inevitability of aging and proved that Mellencamp is one of the more honest and fearless rock writers. Everyone I know said, “Too depressing, when’s the new Tom Petty coming out?”

Well, Mellencamp must have realized that some of his best songs got overlooked so he put out an EP, “Life, Death, LIVE and Freedom,” (Hear Music) featuring eight songs recorded live. And with this, you hear the songs from a different point of view. Mellencamp’s voice is clear and his phrasing is different. The vibe is not of fatigue and despair but of recognizing the song’s dark sentiments and rising above them.

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06/10/2009 - John has written the glowing forward to a forthcoming book about fellow Midwestern rocker and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Bob Seger.

"Travelin' Man," which gets its title from Seger's 1969 breakthrough hit "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" (he was heading the Bob Seger System then), is a collaboration with photographer Thomas Weschler and Detroit music writer Gary Graff. It details Weschler's long involvement with the Seger organization.

John's forward relates how he was riding around Seymour with his buddies when "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" came on the car radio. The then 16 year-old was so taken by the record's sound and the singer's voice that he had the driver pull onto the shoulder of the road so they could hear it without static. Thus began John's "long love affair" with Seger's music, which he describes as "thoughtful and bad-ass, all in one measure."

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06/04/2009 - The Sevierville, TN show has been canceled due to a conflict in schedule. All tickets can be returned at point of purchase. Simpsonville, SC show has been added to The Bob Dylan Show with John and Willie Nelson:

07.29.09 - Simpsonville, SC - Heritage Park Amphitheater

The presale for Simpsonville, which will feature reserved seating, will begin on Wednesday, June 10th. Public tickets for this show will go onsale on Friday, June 12th.

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06/02/2009 - The final show has been added to The Bob Dylan Show with John and Willie Nelson:

08.08.09 - Lubbock, TX - Texas Tech Univ. - Jones AT&T Stadium.

The presale for Lubbock, which will feature reserved seating, is now scheduled for June 8th at 10:00AM. Public tickets for the show will go onsale on Saturday, June 13th at 10:00AM.

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06/01/2009 - The last of the four one-hour “Farm Aid Presents…” specials culled from the Farm Aid 2008 live broadcast produced for DIRECTV began airing in April and continued over the last several months.

The high-definition, 5.1 Dolby Digital program is available via DIRECTV “The 101 Network” (Channel 101 on DIRECTV). "Farm Aid Presents...” will be repeated as listed below, it is a four part series.

Specials and their premiere months are:
#1 "Farm Aid Presents Pretenders & Friends" - February 2009 (featuring John's "Troubled Land")
#2 "Farm Aid Presents Jerry Lee Lewis & Friends" - April 2009 (featuring John's "Rain On The Scarecrow")
#3 "Farm Aid Presents Jakob Dylan & Friends" - May 2009 (featuring John's "If I Die Sudden")
# 4"Farm Aid Presents Nation Beat With Willie Nelson & Friends" - June 2009 ( featuring John's "Minutes To Memories")

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06/01/2009 - The production of the "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" CD/book package is slated to commence on June 15, when producer T Bone Burnett begins laying down the tracks in Los Angeles for the 18 new songs John has written for his musical theater collaboration with Stephen King. King's dialog will later be assembled in John's Belmont Studio.

The cast for the production is still not finalized but will definitely be star-studded. Projected release of the completed project is next January and will be in more than one configuration, with a "deluxe" version to include a book containing the show's full text and song lyrics, a CD featuring the show's dialog and songs, and a second CD with only the songs.

Meanwhile, more information on John's tentatively-titled forthcoming album "No Better Than This" has been made available. Recording will take place during the summer in Savannah, Georgia at the first African-American church in the U.S., as well as at the historic Read More
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